Not long ago, PHP was starting to fade in the background with its traditional ways. Soon after, with the introduction of several new frameworks, it regained its position among the front runners. Laravel is the PHP framework that accounts for the sudden attention that came its way from the developers’ community. It has everything that programmers look for in a development framework nowadays. Laravel is in sync with the modern age technology and can be used to build dynamic software applications.
Here’s 13 reasons why developers all around the world root for Laravel:
#1) It’s open-source and free under the MIT license. Developers can simply download it, manipulate it, and integrate it with tools of their choice; it has been used in a variety of technology stacks. No strings attached, it is an excellent back-end development framework for startups on a budget. To get started, all you need to do is install PHP and get a text editor.
#2) It is an MVC based framework which implements asynchronous deployment. This means that the business logic is kept separate from the view components of an application. Therefore multiple interfaces can be created without manually making changes in the back-end model. The independence of display and data accelerates the development process, while keeping the code reusable.
#3) It is certainly the most well documented among all the modern web application frameworks. In addition to that, it’s video tutorial library is pretty extensive and community support is strong. Developers who are already familiar with PHP frameworks can learn it in a breeze, because it is thoroughly user friendly. You will be able to build a complete application by the end of 4 to 5 weeks at tops.
#4) The framework makes security one of its top priorities, offering several built-in features to serve the purpose. It takes effective measures for authentication and authorisation of website users. Everything is configured beforehand to restrict any malicious activity and to control access levels of admin panel. All passwords are encrypted and the system is protected from SQL injections, cross-site scripting and request forgery.
#5) Laravel includes a command-line interface called Artisan that automates or handles most of the tedious and repetitive tasks that developers abhor. Artisan can be used to create skeleton code, models, controllers etc. and migrate the database. Developers may also use it to build their own demands and perform tests.
#6) This is one of the rare frameworks that comes with a variety of libraries installed by default. There are over 20 high level object-oriented code libraries that offer extremely advanced features.
#7) Laravel is a framework which was designed with consideration to common programming mistakes and testing in mind. It’s offers a unit testing tool that ensures that the application is not affected by latest updates. It provides convenient helper methodologies that simulate user behavior and enable expressive testing of apps.
#8) Errors and exceptions in an application can be rather frustrating to deal with over server-side and client-side; developers have to spend a lot of time fixing them and the user experience is naturally shattered. Laravel relieves users of this headache by handling these issues by default. It is integrated with a Monolog library and supports solid Log handlers.
#9) It supports sending of notifications over several delivery channels such as Slack and SMS. The framework grants multiple divers for mail service providers like Amazon SES,Mandrill and SMTP; also an amazing clean API on SwiftMailer library. Subsequently, developers can easily connect a mail server with the app and allow mailing through local or cloud based services.
#10) Laravel works with well-known cache back-end, including Redis and Memcached. The framework is pre-configured to utilize file cache driver for storing cached objects in a file system and can apply multiple cache configurations. This helps make web applications respond more efficiently and enhance user experience.
#11) The framework is constructed to accommodate applications of all scales and sizes. You can install a wide range of third-party components in your app, via a composer dependency manager which immediately takes care of all required dependencies.
#12) It embeds a lightweight, yet powerful templating engine called ‘Blade’. The Blade templates are compiled into plain PHP and cached; this results in high-end performance of web applications.
#13) Laravel’s eloquent ORM is an advanced technique for queries. It uses a straightforward syntax to produce complex queries instantly, which simplifies interactions with the database.